Origin of Christmas
Examples from the Web for christmas
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Plenty of Jewish kids today grow up with a Christmas tree next to their menorah.
So this is Christmas, as the song goes, and what have we done?
This is the first Christmas I can remember when the news was all about cops and race.
And that was well before this Christmas, when he appeared to joke about Obama being a Muslim.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She longed so to gather them all to herself, and take them home, and make a Christmas for them!Faith Gartney's Girlhood|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Would you not like to blessedly surprise them on next Christmas morning?
The open pantry door revealed a tempting array of Christmas delicacies.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901|Lucy Maud Montgomery
We made sure that you would be with us till after Christmas at least.Betty Trevor|Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
De preacher's name was Christmas Crawford, and dat de reason I 'members it, it so funny to us.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
- the annual commemoration by Christians of the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec 25
- Also called: Christmas DayDec 25, observed as a day of secular celebrations when gifts and greetings are exchanged
- (as modifier)Christmas celebrations
Word Origin for Christmas
Written as one word from mid-14c. As a verb from 1590s. Father Christmas first attested in a carol attributed to Richard Smart, Rector of Plymtree (Devon) from 1435-77. Christmas tree in modern sense first attested 1835 in American English, from German Weihnachtsbaum. Christmas cards first designed 1843, popular by 1860s. Christmas Eve is Middle English Cristenmesse Even (c.1300).
A festival commemorating the birth of Jesus, traditionally celebrated on December 25 by most Western Christian churches. Although dating to probably as early as a.d. 200, the feast of Christmas did not become widespread until the Middle Ages. Today, Christmas is largely secularized and dominated by gifts, decorated trees, and a jolly Santa Claus.